The pictures below are the lanterns in various locations: In our living room (where they've now been retired, hanging from the bridge at Priceless, and out on the playa at Burning Man.
Read on to see how they made them!
Step 1: Draw Up Some Designs
Step 2: Transfer the Designs to Plywood
Step 3: Cut Out the Designs
Once cut out, the designs were sanded roughly to make the curves a little smoother.
Here are three more photos of the tracing/cutting process:
Step 4: Stain the Wood
Step 5: Add Hinges and Backing Fabric
They then added a white fabric to the back of the triptych, to diffuse the light bulb light that would be coming from inside.
The lanterns are assembled by folding them up into pyramids and hooking the wires over the screws. naked light bulbs with simple fixtures are then suspended inside.